GoDaddy Employees Used in Attacks on Multiple Cryptocurrency Services

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2020 18:15:49 +0000

Fraudsters redirected email and web traffic destined for several cryptocurrency trading platforms over the past week. The attacks were facilitated by scams targeting employees at GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.

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Be Very Sparing in Allowing Site Notifications

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2020 14:13:29 +0000

An increasing number of websites are asking visitors to approve “notifications,” browser modifications that periodically display messages on the user’s mobile or desktop device. In many cases these notifications are benign, but several dodgy firms are paying site owners to install their notification scripts and then selling that communications pathway to scammers and online hucksters.

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Two Charged in SIM Swapping, Vishing Scams

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2020 18:30:54 +0000

Two young men from the eastern United States have been hit with identity theft and conspiracy charges for allegedly stealing bitcoin and social media accounts by tricking employees at wireless phone companies into giving away credentials needed to remotely access and modify customer account information.

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Amid an Embarrassment of Riches, Ransom Gangs Increasingly Outsource Their Work

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2020 19:42:04 +0000

There’s an old adage in information security: “Every company gets penetration tested, whether or not they pay someone for the pleasure.” Many organizations that do hire professionals to test their network security posture unfortunately tend to focus on fixing vulnerabilities hackers could use to break in. But judging from the proliferation of help-wanted ads for offensive pentesters in the cybercrime underground, today’s attackers have exactly zero trouble gaining that initial intrusion: The real challenge seems to be hiring enough people to help everyone profit from the access already gained.

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Riding the State Unemployment Fraud ‘Wave’

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 23 May 2020 13:40:05 +0000

When a reliable method of scamming money out of people, companies or governments becomes widely known, underground forums and chat networks tend to light up with activity as more fraudsters pile on to claim their share. And that’s exactly what appears to be going on right now as multiple U.S. states struggle to combat a tsunami of phony Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims. Meanwhile, a number of U.S. states are possibly making it easier for crooks by leaking their citizens’ personal data from the very websites the unemployment scammers are using to file bogus claims.

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This Service Helps Malware Authors Fix Flaws in their Code

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 15:31:17 +0000

Almost daily now there is news about flaws in commercial software that lead to computers getting hacked and seeded with malware. But the reality is most malicious software also has its share of security holes that open the door for security researchers or ne’er-do-wells to liberate or else seize control over already-hacked systems. Here’s a look at one long-lived malware vulnerability testing service that is used and run by some of the Dark Web’s top cybercriminals.

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U.S. Secret Service: “Massive Fraud” Against State Unemployment Insurance Programs

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Sat, 16 May 2020 04:34:45 +0000

A well-organized Nigerian crime ring is exploiting the COVID-19 crisis by committing large-scale fraud against multiple state unemployment insurance programs, with potential losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars, according to a new alert issued by the U.S. Secret Service. A memo seen by KrebsOnSecurity that the Secret Service sent to field offices around the United States this week says the ring has been filing unemployment claims in different states using Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to identity theft victims, and that “a substantial amount of the fraudulent benefits submitted have used PII from first responders, government personnel and school employees.”

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How Cybercriminals are Weathering COVID-19

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:20:57 +0000

In many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon to cybercriminals: With unprecedented numbers of people working from home and anxious for news about the virus outbreak, it’s hard to imagine a more target-rich environment for phishers, scammers and malware purveyors. In addition, many crooks are finding the outbreak has helped them better market their cybercriminal wares and services. But it’s not all good news: The Coronavirus also has driven up costs and disrupted key supply lines for many cybercriminals.

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